|Roane County, WV||
|History and Genealogy|
John M. Baker, LL. B.
Our subject is a son of D. M. and Mary E. (Johnson) Baker, who was born in Jackson County, West Virginia, November 22, 1872, and received his preliminary education in the public schools of his native county. Later, in 1892, he was a student in the State Normal School at Fairmont, West Virginia, and in 1895 and 1896 he took the course in law at the West Virginia University at Morgantown and graduated there from with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. The year of his graduation he was admitted as a practitioner in the Circuit Court of his native county at Ripley, the county seat. Shortly thereafter he was admitted as an attorney in all the State and Federal Courts, his practice in the meanwhile grew rapidly until he has all the business he can attend to. He is an excellent trial lawyer and never fails to acquit himself creditably in the trial of his cases.
He is a Republican in polities and has been active in promulgating the principles of his party, but not in the sense of an office-seeker. He is public spirited and shows an interest in the growth and development of his section of the State, and has been urged to accept official positions, but he prefers to devote his entire time to the practice of the law. The only office he has thus far held was Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County, which he filled satisfactorily, industriously and ably for a four years' term, from 1905 to 1908, inclusive. For business reasons he moved his residence from Jackson to Roane County in 1909, where he now resides, and where his practice has materially increased and his field of labor has greatly widened. He has frequently presided as a Special Judge of the Circuit Court, and on one occasion he held the entire term in Calhoun County to the satisfaction of lawyers and suitors. This fact gave rise to general talk to induce him to become a candidate for Circuit Judge, which he has thus far declined to do. He is careful, clear-headed, systematic, vigilant and thorough in his work, and although he has made excellent headway in his profession there is still a broader field of usefulness and success before him.
Mr. Baker married Miss Jessie N. Riley, of Jackson County, in 1899, and as a result of this union a sonClay Riley and a daughter Mary V. were born to them. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity and is also a Knight of Pythias. He has devoted much time to the cause of education and has served efficiently on Boards of Education. He also gives a large amount of thought and attention to civic matters generally. In short he is an enterprising, public-spirited, progressive citizen of the community where he resides. ["Bench and Bar of West Virginia" by George Wesley Atkinson, 1919 - Transcribed by AFOFG]
William Jackson Flesher
A member of the Canyon City bar since 1909, Mr. Flesher has been successful in practice, has been honored with official promotion, and is one of the enterprising and public spirited men of Randall County.
William Jackson Flesher was born at Reedy, Roane county, West Virginia, September 14, 1882. On his father's side his ancestors came from Germany, and his mother's ancestry was Irish. The father, Andrew L. Flesher, was a native of West Virginia, and his grandfather John Flesher was an old West Virginia farmer, and when the Civil war came on, enlisted with Breckenridge's mounted troopers, and served from the West Virginia campaign, early in the war, until the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. His death occurred soon after the war, partly a result of the wounds and hardships which he had undergone as a soldier. Andrew L. Flesher, the father, who now resides at Rock Island, Texas, brought his family from West Virginia to Missouri in 1888, and in 1900 came to Texas. He is a contractor and builder, and in politics is a Democrat. The family are Methodists in religion. The maiden name of the mother is Henrietta Summerville, who was born in Jackson County, West Virginia, and has been the mother of seven children, three deceased, and the four now living being residents of Texas.
William Jackson Flesher had his early schooling in Sullivan County, Missouri, and spent one year in the Kirksville Normal in that state. When eighteen years old the family came to Texas, and from 1902 to 1904 he was a student in the Texas State Normal School at Denton. His early career was spent on a farm and in the fall of 1900 he filled his first regular position as a teacher. He taught a country school in Colorado County for three years, resigning to enter the State Normal at Denton and from there moved out to Mason County, Texas, where he was elected superintendent of schools. He filled that important office for three years. He had depended upon his own exertions to advance his education, and early in his career it was his ambition to become a lawyer. With the means acquired as a teacher he finally entered the law department of the University of Texas, and after studying two years was admitted to the bar in the fall of 1908. In June, 1909, he opened his office in Canyon City, and was soon recognized as one of the rising young attorneys of the Randall County bar. In November, 1910, he was elected to the office of county attorney, and by reelection in 1912, still holds that office. Mr. Flesher is also a stock holder and director of the First State Bank of Canyon.
In politics he is one of the workers for Democratic support. During the recent campaign, he was one of the active advocates of the amendment to the state constitution, providing for state-wide prohibition, and while the campaign was unsuccessful great headway has been made, and with a view to securing the final elimination of the liquor traffic from Texas Mr. Flesher determined to devote much time and labor to extending the work which was so well begun previous to the last election on that question. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masonic order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the World, also belonging to the Eastern Star. He is a trustee and steward in the Methodist church and one of the teachers of the Sunday school.
On December 25, 1910, he married Miss May Ballard, who was born in Texas, a daughter of J. W. Ballard. Her father was one of the old settlers of Wise County, having come across the country with an ox team to that region. For the past twenty-two years he and his family have resided in Swisher County, Texas. To Mr. and Mrs. Flesher have been born one son and one daughter: William James, Jr., born September 21, 1911, and Henrietta May, born June 6, 1913. [A History of Texas and Texans, Volume 4 by Francis White Johnson, 1914- Transcribed by AFOFG]
Dan M. Pendleton
Now engaged in the practice of law at Ada, (Oklahoma) Mr. Pendleton will be readily recognized as one of the fortunate young men of the Sou thwest. He has had all those natural endowments and cultural advantages which furnish the best preparation for a life of service and important accomplishment. He has birth and ancestry, and in his lineage are found eminent patriots, statesmen, jurists and public leaders in American life. He also came to the West with a thorough legal education and wide experience in association with prominent men. During the few years he has lived in Seminole and Pontotoc counties he has become a leader in his profession. Virile, energetic, ambitious, Mr. Pendleton is of that class of worth-while young men that is contributing so great a measure of elements to the progress of Oklahoma.
Dan M. Pendleton was born in Spencer, West Virginia, April 6, 1887, a son of Walter and Nellie (McMath) Pendleton. His father is one of the distinguished lawyers of West Virginia and a man of national reputation. He was the democratic nominee for congress in the Fourth District of West Virginia in 1896 and the democratic nominee for judge of the Supreme Court in 1908. Each time he was defeated by a small majority, in the latter race running ahead of his ticket by approximately ten thousand votes. He has traveled extensively in Europe, the Holy Land and Egypt and has written extensively concerning the countries of the Old World visited by him. Judge Walter Pendleton is AN attorney for the Carter Oil Company in West Virginia, which is one of the largest producers in the well known Cushing, Oklahoma, oil field, and is also attorney for the Baltimore & Ohio Railway Company and other corporations of the East. One of the great-uncles of Dan Pendleton was Edmund Pendleton, the first president of the Continental Congress, who assisted in drafting the Declaration of Independence though not a signer of that document, was an opponent of Patrick Henry in many debates in the House of Burgesses in Virginia, was associated with Thomas Jefferson and George Wythe in drafting the first code of the State of Virginia, which was the first state code in the United States and was first president of the Supreme Court of Virginia. In his honor Pendleton County, West Virginia, was named. Another prominent ancestor was Nathaniel Pendleton, who belonged to a New York branch of the family, and was the second for Alexander Hamilton in the duel with Aaron Burr. George Pendleton, of the Ohio branch of the family, was a United States Senator and a member of Congress from Ohio, was ambassador to Germany, and in 1864 was a candidate for the vice presidency on the democratic ticket.
Dan M. Pendleton received his common school education in Spencer, West Virginia, and later attended the University Preparatory School at Morgantown, and in 190/5 was graduated from the high school at Parkersburg. Having already taken a year and a half in preparatory school ho graduated from the law department of the University of West Virginia in 1907. For the following year he was employed in his father a law office and was also engaged in abstracting land titles for the South Penn Oil Company and later formed a partnership with his father under the firm name of Pendleton & Pendleton at Spencer. The firm subsequently became Pendleton, Matthews, Bell & Pendleton, and in 1910 the firm had offices at Spencer, Grantsville, Point Pleasant and Ripley, with the younger Pendleton in charge of the Ripley office. In June, 1911, he came west and settled at Konawa, Oklahoma, for the practice of law. The following year he was a candidate for the nomination for prosecuting attorney on the democratic ticket, and though defeated was second in a race with four other democrats. In September, 1913, he removed to Ada and has since become successfully established as a lawyer. At Ada he succeeded Judge C. A. Galbreath, who became a member of the Oklahoma Supreme Court Commission, in the firm of Galbreath, Epperson & Maxey, the now firm becoming Epperson, Maxey & Pendleton. On November 1, 1914. Mr. Pendleton retired from the firm and established an office of his own.
January 16, 1915, he married Miss Edna Morford of Parkersburg, West Virginia. Mr. Pendleton is affiliated with the Elks Lodge at Ada, having transferred his membership from Parkersburg, West Virginia. He is a member of the Ada Commercial Club and of the Pontotoc County and Oklahoma State Bar associations. He is considerably interested in the development of sections of the oil fields of Oklahoma and owns property in Pontotoc county.
It is said that Mr. Pendleton probably knows more men in public life than any other young man of his age in the West. During the last ten years he has been a frequent visitor to Washington and has attended a number of sessions of Congress and knows personally and by sight a large number of the members of both House and Senate of Congress. This experience has naturally broadened him in matters of public interest and has given him a ready fund of information on national issues. He takes an interest in the democratic politics of Ada and Pontotoc county, and willingly puts his services into any movement for industrial and commercial advantage. ["A Standard History of Oklahoma", by Joseph B. Thoburn , 1916 -- Transcribed by Cathy Ritter]
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